By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Feb 01, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Pet lovers unite: The Great Lakes Family Pet Expo is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at State Fair Park. Proceeds from the event benefits A.W.A.R.E., a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals in Wisconsin.

This event (for people, not pets) includes:

  • Parades of dogs, cats and other animals available for adoption.
  • An interactive exhibit with snakes, spiders and lizards.
  • Pet products expo.
  • Drug-sniffing police dogs, agility demonstrations and training demonstrations.

Also make sure to say hello to blogger Marilynn Mee, who will work the Basset Buddies Rescue booth and the Animal Emergency Center booth. She'll also take the stage with her dog, Geoffrey, at 3:30 p.m. to discuss an important pet blood donation program. 

Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.